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Samurai Blue Sushi & Sake Bar

#72 of 1,976 Restaurants in Tampa
#73 of 2,135 Places to Eat in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
Historic Ybor
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1600 E 8th Ave Ste C208, Tampa, FL 33605
(813) 242-6688
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
best when it's not slammed

this place has a great vibe and the sushi chefs really do a great job here. try going when it's not busy as the food is of better quality. this place gets busy being one of the prime ybor dining spots

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tampa, Florida
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Good price, but quality was lacking because of so many technical mistakes. Had yakitori skewers and agedashi tofu as starters and both were not warm enough when served. The sushi was bad. They had preprepared seewead with rice which had made the seewead soft. The rice was chilled (worst thing u can do to sushi rice) leaving no taste from... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this place has a great vibe and the sushi chefs really do a great job here. try going when it's not busy as the food is of better quality. this place gets busy being one of the prime ybor dining spots

Thank Rubixcubed80
Davidson, North Carolina
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant was recommended by a good friend who used to be a local. The sushi is out of this world!! I wish we were going to be in town longer (we are leaving the day after tomorrow to head back home) so I could enjoy this place again. 5 stars!!!

Thank iteachrt
Level Contributor
40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place wasn't great, but the fish was fresh. Just about every sushi roll contained imitation crab or spicy tuna.

Thank Michael J
Tampa, Florida
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

My wife and I went recently, and had an assortment of sushi rolls, and they were outstanding. The service and the atmosphere made it a great experience. We will definitely be back!

Thank BogeyGolf2015
Clearwater, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We love Ybor City with a passion. We've walked by this place a dozen times and never gave it much thought but a foodie friend of my partner's recommended it and it didn't disappoint one bit. When we walked in we noticed that it was quite warm and the air was still but I thought it was my menopausal hot... More 

Thank JoyceeRD
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This is by far my favorite sushi place in Tampa. The atmosphere is great. It has high ceilings and private booths. The blue moon roll is amazing!

Thank Hannah S
Pembroke Pines, Florida
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78 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

I've visited here about six times and keep coming back when I'm in Tampa. The sushi is really good, top notch. Set in an old building, the ceiling must be 50 ft up, old brick and a cozy atmosphere in Centro Ybor. I've never had an appetizer or sushi selection I didn't like here and I've been to a lot... More 

Thank barnesrph
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93 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Great location in Ybor city (old cigar quarter of Tampa) ... the restaurant is in an old brick building with 50 foot ceilings....great setting. The sushi is always fresh and well prepared. Little extra touches like a thin slice of lemon or lime on each piece add a welcome touch. Great salad and mains course choices as well. Service is... More 

Thank Dennis G
Brandon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Finally made it to Samurai Blue and enjoyed ourselves. Our server was awesome and really enhanced our experience. I wish I could remember her name because she definitely deserves a big shout out for doing such a great job. I thought the sushi was very good. Recommend trying the Japanese Bagel and Kamikaze Rolls. Samurai Blue also sports some great... More 

Thank Dave R

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1600 E 8th Ave Ste C208, Tampa, FL 33605
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tampa>  > Historic Ybor
  • Neighborhood: Historic Ybor
  • Phone Number: (813) 242-6688

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?